News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Judicial vacancies open for applications; Recent rule amendments posted
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Judicial vacancies open for applications

Applications for the following judicial vacancies are currently being accepted. Instructions on how to apply are available here.

Superior Court - Application Deadline: February 21, 2017

The Honorable Tina S. Page
(January 17, 2017)

District Court - Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Northern Berkshire District Court
The Honorable Michael J. Ripps
(April 4, 2015)

Palmer District Court
The Honorable Kenneth J. Cote, Jr.
(November 7, 2009)

Springfield District Court
The Honorable Robert A. Gordon
(July 15, 2015)

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Recent rule amendments posted

The following rule amendments have been recently posted:

Amendments to Rule 32 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure
Effective date: February 1, 2017

Amendments to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:02
Effective date: February 1, 2017

Amendments to Rule 5 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Effective date: February 1, 2017

Amendments to Rule 77 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Effective date: March 1, 2017

Amendments to Rule 15 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure
Effective date: March 1, 2017

The recent amendments to the Federal Rules of
Appellate Procedure, effective December 1, 2016, make significant changes to appellate practice
before the United States Court of Appeals. These changes include a reduction in word limits for
briefs; the conversion of page limits to word counts for motions, petitions for a writ of
mandamus, petitions for rehearing/rehearing en banc and various other filings; the addition of a
requirement that most documents prepared on a computer include a certificate of compliance
with type-volume limits; and the elimination of the three-day service period for documents
served electronically. A notice, including a detailed summary of major changes and a redline
version of the full text of the amendments, is available on the First Circuit Court of Appeals
website, at www.ca1.uscourts.gov, under News and Notices, as well as on the Notice of Rule
Amendments page under Rules and Procedures.